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Eagleton Institute of Politics
Eagleton Institute of Politics


Eagleton Science and Politics Workshops

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Past Programs
Workshop participants role-played how to advocate effectively for federal funding of basic research at Rutgers and across the board, with tips from guest speakers Francine Newsome Pfeiffer, Andrew Black, and Julie Groeninger.
Dr. Rush Holt, a former NJ congressman and current chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, delivered keynote remarks during an ESPW session titled "Advocating for Science – How to Inform and Persuade Politicians."
Former NJ governor and US EPA administrator Christine Todd Whitman shared her experience making evidence-based decisions as a non-scientist in government in a Workshop conversation with John Weingart.
Rutgers Professor William Hallman and university alumnus Dr. Ronald Stotish (CEO, president and executive director of AquaBounty Technologies) participated in an ESPW discussion and interactive session with the students that explored how science influences public policy.
Annenberg Public Policy Center director Kathleen Hall Jamieson outlined the challenges public officials face when communicating facts about the Zika virus and how to prevent infection.
Rutgers Professor Stuart Shapiro led a group of students and faculty though an ESPW interactive policy exercise.

1/30/15 - Communicating Science to Politicians and the Public
Program Booklet 1/20/15

4/10/15 - Public Decision Making in Health, Education, and the Environment
Program Booklet 4/101/5

12/4/15 - Advocating for Science – How to Inform and Persuade Politicians
Program Booklet 12/4/15

2/5/16 - When Does Science Influence Policy?
Program Booklet 2/5/16

9/23/16 - Climate Politics and Congressional Simulation
Program Booklet 9/23/16

3/3/17 - Thwarting Polarization While Communicating the Science of Zika and Zika Prevention with Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson A copy of the program booklet is Program Booklet 3/3/17

4/14/17 - SciPolicy in Transition - Top government affairs expert shared a report from Washington, D.C. and advice for what scientists need to know, should be watching, and Program Booklet 4/14/17

10/27/17 - Opioid Abuse: Searching for Solutions in Science and Politics 
Program Booklet 10/27/17

4/18/18 - Communicating Risk Regarding Science and Health: Lead Toxicity and Public Policy
Program Booklet 4/18/18

11/30/18 - Scientists in Politics: This workshop included a panel discussion and plenary followed by an interactive exercise focused on pathways to political engagement.
Program Booklet 11/30/18

4/19/19 - Governing Science: National and State Perspectives Congressman Frank Pallone and BPU Commissioner Upendra Chivukula
Program booklet 4/19/19

The Eagleton Science and Politics Workshop is offered in collaboration with the following partners (list in formation):
  • The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical & Health Sciences
  • Departments of Neuroscience & Cell Biology and Pediatrics, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Division of Life Sciences
  • Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
  • Graduate School-New Brunswick
  • Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Office of the Executive Dean, Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
  • The Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics (SciWomen)
  • The Rutgers University iJOBS Program, which is funded by a Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training grant from the NIH
  • Science and Policy and Advocacy at Rutgers (SPAR), a graduate student organization
Program Contact
For more information, please contact Anna Dulencin, senior program coordinator, at or (848) 932-8309.